Football is just a game …?

I’m not a fan of football. I tried to be once, but I just couldn’t see the point. Sure, it’s a great excuse for a party, but I just don’t get it.

My son is a Hawkeye Fanatic-he owns everything Hawkeye from posters and glasses to sheets and towels.

I understand the game and why guys (and sometimes girls) play it, but the way fans act during football games reminds me a little of an election year; too competitive and quite nasty.

I do follow the Iowa Hawkeyes, probably because my son is Hawkeye-crazy. I’m happy when they win, but I’m not really unhappy when they lose…it’s just a game, right? And just because the Hawkeyes lose a few games is no reason to hate the world.

But I know it affects some people that way. After the Hawkeye’s loss to a central Michigan last Saturday, some people went a little overboard, calling for Hawkeye Coach Kirk Ferentz to resign.(But it wasn’t the first time, nor will it be the last.)

The University of Iowa pays him pretty a hefty salary to coach football–according to, over $3 million a year. And if the university is paying him to win games, he hasn’t been doing his job. (The Hawkeyes lost to rival Iowa State University the week before.)

That’s another thing I don’t understand-so many people work their fingers to the bone to squeeze out a living, and there are pro football players who make millions a year just for throwing a football around three months out of the year.

If I liked football more, would I be able to understand the insanity? Maybe, but I don’t mind being the odd (wo) man out. I have better things to do than to freeze my butt off on a cold stadium bench, or spend hours in bumper to bumper traffic.

Some people like the thrill of Game Day; the tailgating, the frigid temperatures, the camaraderie and the competition.

And even though I don’t, I’ll still cheer the Hawkeyes on, and if they lose, oh well. After all, football is just a game…for most people, anyway.

Game Day-A House Divided

Every year the Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones meet to hash it out on the football field. And every year someone has to go home the loser. This year it was the Hawkeyes who lost…in triple overtime.

I didn’t see the game. Instead, I was helping host a baby shower for my daughter, who is expecting twins in October. The shower was a co-ed shower and we had a TV downstairs for the guys to watch while we played games like, “Guess the size of Mama’s belly,” and “How many songs can you name with the word Baby?”

We ended up turning on the TV upstairs for the die-hard football fans attending the shower, but unfortunately, the cable didn’t cooperate and we had to learn play-by-plays via smartphones.

Half of the people at the shower were for the Hawkeyes; the other of half were Cyclone fans. And even though we had fun playing the games and looking at all the baby presents Holly received, we couldn’t quite get away from the game. After all, Iowa takes their football very seriously, no matter who you are rooting for.

We didn’t plan on having the shower the same day as the shower. By the time we realized it, it was already too late to  change it. So we did the next best thing; we made it a co-ed shower and bought beer for the guys, who in turn brought a pack of diapers for the parents-to-be.

Everyone left happy, everyone except the Hawkeye fans, that is. The final score: 44-41 Cyclones.